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Help me with GCSE DT

I'm struggling with the theory aspect of DT. I do AQA GCSE and I have a really horrible teacher who hasn't taught us ANY of the content. We've only done practical lessons because he says that by doing the coursework we'll learn everything that there is to know for the exam. His students usually get 6s in the paper. I really regret picking DT because I want to get a 8/9 in my mock which is in a month but I don't know if it's possible while also studying for 9 other subjects. What should I do?
Original post by CatalinaIK
I'm struggling with the theory aspect of DT. I do AQA GCSE and I have a really horrible teacher who hasn't taught us ANY of the content. We've only done practical lessons because he says that by doing the coursework we'll learn everything that there is to know for the exam. His students usually get 6s in the paper. I really regret picking DT because I want to get a 8/9 in my mock which is in a month but I don't know if it's possible while also studying for 9 other subjects. What should I do?

Hello, I am really sorry for the situation you are in, but do not worry as I was the same.
In terms of theory, I used Seneca or https://www.technologystudent.com/ This website that I have attached. The website has also practice exam style questions etc...

Also make sure you know the DT Subject Vocabulary, as it may be asked to define it in the exam. https://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology/teach/subject-specific-vocabulary

I have attached the link for this as well, above.
Another thing is doing past paper questions, to help you understand what format the exam is like and to also fill in those knowledge gaps.


Lastly, there is this amazing revision guide that you should check out, I will attach a link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/GCSE-Design-Technology-Pocket-Posters/dp/B07J5LLGXQ

This has really condensed information and will really help you on the theory.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :smile:
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Original post by CatalinaIK
I'm struggling with the theory aspect of DT. I do AQA GCSE and I have a really horrible teacher who hasn't taught us ANY of the content. We've only done practical lessons because he says that by doing the coursework we'll learn everything that there is to know for the exam. His students usually get 6s in the paper. I really regret picking DT because I want to get a 8/9 in my mock which is in a month but I don't know if it's possible while also studying for 9 other subjects. What should I do?


if you're struggling with theory then really make sure to make up for it in the coursework. I got a 9 and I got 80% in coursework and didn't revise for theory.

However you should obviously revise and i reccomend you do past papers which is good because in dt there are a lot of common questions that come up a lot so seeing how to answer those can help a lot.
He's wrong when he says that practical work will teach you everything, but the content is not too hard to understand. It's a lot of memory work but you can get through it without memorisation imo, just understand the content and do well in courswork
Thank you so much!
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Original post by CatalinaIK
I'm struggling with the theory aspect of DT. I do AQA GCSE and I have a really horrible teacher who hasn't taught us ANY of the content. We've only done practical lessons because he says that by doing the coursework we'll learn everything that there is to know for the exam. His students usually get 6s in the paper. I really regret picking DT because I want to get a 8/9 in my mock which is in a month but I don't know if it's possible while also studying for 9 other subjects. What should I do?




AQA GCP DT Reviso Guide is a life saver
Past Exam Questions
‘Mr Dt" & Technology Student has quite lot useful stuff
Use the specification ,which you find on the AQA website ,to ensure you have covered everything

Don’t too worry much about the DT content ,as some the questions are maths based ,science based.E.g Metals and general knowledge such as the 8 marker that are on sustainability/ethics.
Furthermore you applied /learn about some of the content through your NEA ,such as research types or what a design spec/brief is.

Like @IntroNotExtro said Senca is really useful and it has exam practise questions as well

tbh GCP,past paper and Senca (for memorisation are) really good .

You might have to practise types of drawings and 3d orthographics and exploded view diagrams ectera.
In my opinion it’s really memorising and being able explain the processes or draw and annotate it.

Like on my acc GCSE paper(I’m in yr 12 now) we were give 4 options and we had to explain 1 of the processes /machine for I THINK 6 or 12 marks.The options were a 3d printer ,laser cutter and laminator and something else that I can’t remember.

Hope you do well !
Good Luck
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by CatalinaIK
Thank you so much!


https://technologystudent.com/

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